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Tucson Metro Chamber Events

The Tucson Metro Chamber hosts more than 50 events annually providing valuable opportunities to make strategic connections, learn from industry experts to improve business operations, and engage in constructive dialogue with government representatives regarding local business and community issues. These events are aligned with our program of work.

overview of events

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Chamber XChange

Join members and guests as we network and build relationships with business executives in our community. Increase your connections and discover new business opportunities. Check out the event calendar for dates, times and locations.

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Coffee & Contacts 

Start your day off right! Join the Tucson Metro Chamber for a fun and informal members-only event. It’s the perfect way for the host to promote their business and members to gain new business leads—all before the typical workday begins!

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Copper Cactus Awards

The Tucson Metro Chamber Copper Cactus Awards presented by Wells Fargo celebrates the accomplishments and innovation of Southern Arizona’s small businesses and charitable non-profit businesses.

AWARD CATEGORIES:

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Southern Arizona Best Place to Work 

The Best Place to Work Award is given to a business that has honest leadership with a clear vision and identity. Employees want to know where the company is pointed, what the company believes in and what everyone is working toward. They provide “flexible” growth for employees and a culture of collaboration. Great places to work are open about how the company is performing and craves honest feedback from its employees. They hire passionate people. And most of all these businesses create a fun atmosphere. 

Eligibility requirements: 
• Locally owned and operated 
• For-profit business or 501 (c)(3) charitable non-profit operating in Southern Arizona 
• More than two years in operation 
• 200 or fewer full-time employees 

 

CopperPoint Insurance Companies Small Business Leader of the Year 

The winner of the CopperPoint Small Business Leader of the Year Award clearly demonstrates that their company is not only financially solid but has cultivated a passionate group of people who love what they do. They’ve created lasting partnerships with clients and have created a positive reputation inside and outside of the company. A business leader is self-aware, passionate, a critical thinker, courageous, confident and authentic. They are positive and emotionally intelligent. They dare to be different and are proactive. But most of all, they know how to communicate and lead. 

Eligibility requirements: 
• Locally owned and operated 
• For-profit business 
• More than two years in operation 
• 200 or fewer full-time employees 

 

Cox Business Business Growth 

This award is judged on a company’s gross revenue, employee and compensation expenditure growth and how the company has faced challenges. They lead by example and find new and inventive ways to reach and engage their workforce. They support their employees, grow their employees, and most importantly, listen to them. Through these practices their business succeeds in showing how their sales increased over a two-year period and how their management structure, work environment, along with their products and/or services led to their company’s growth. 

Eligibility requirements: 
• Locally owned and operated 
• For-profit business 
• More than two years in operation 
• 200 or fewer full-time employees 

 Nextrio Innovation 

From professional culture to products and services – innovation multiplies the inertia of growth.  Sometimes that energy can be scary and uncertain – propelling you into uncharted waters without a compass or a flashlight.  Other times it brings breakthroughs and exhilaration.  Always, innovation moves you from where you used to be to someplace in the future.  This award honors businesses who are catalytic, innovative, maybe even scare themselves, all while moving forward.  Nominate your business or one you admire for a product/service, process, position or problem-solving model you believe deserves to be recognized as Southern Arizona’s most innovative.  

Eligibility requirements: 

  • Locally owned and operated
  • For-profit business
  • More than two years inoperation
  • 200 or fewer full-timeemployees

 

Tech Parks Arizona Startup of the Year 

The Startup of the Year winner will demonstrate a high level of entrepreneurial spirit, leadership, perseverance, innovation, creativity and determination. To be considered startup teams must show that their venture solves a true problem for a group of customers. They may have a tangible product, technology or customer service system. Moreover, they will show how their innovation contributes to the community and has or will have an impact worldwide. 

Eligibility requirements: 

  • Startup located and operating in Southern Arizona 
  • Startup definition: a temporary organization forming a repeatable and sustainable business model that meets a market need 
  • The startup must have at least two founders or team members who are doing most of the work for the company 
  • The startup may be in pre-revenue or early revenue stages and should have a validated value proposition 
  • The startup should have the intent to solve a significant social or business challenge 

Tucson Electric Power Charitable Nonprofit of the Year 

This award recognizes a nonprofit group that has made a significant contribution to Southern Arizona. In 2021 special emphasis will be noted to those organizations who effectively navigated the pandemic, as well as made strides towards social justice/diversity/equity/inclusion in their work policies and program services. The winner in this category will demonstrate how they improved the quality of life for the individuals they serve through their programs, services, and effective management. Organizations must also show how they provide an excellent work environment and culture for their employees, as well as stay current with emerging trends in their field of work. Successful candidates will explain how their contributions positively impact the local economy, and how they communicate their success to the general public. 

Eligibility requirements: 

  • 501 (c)(3) charitable non-profit operating in Southern Arizona
    • More than two years in operation

 

Pima Community College Employer/Employee Development

This award is given to a company that demonstrates leadership and can be considered a best practice in creating, offering and advancing internships, externships, tuition reimbursement programs and/or work-based learning programs. All companies have a shared responsibility to further develop the skills of their employees and these businesses are the true champions for people in today’s challenging and complex labor market. 

 

DPR Construction Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Champion 

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Champion Award is presented to a business that has demonstrated a commitment to building a workforce that reflects the rich diversity in the communities in which we live, work, and play. They are places where all are encouraged and empowered to thrive as their most authentic selves. They nurture a culture of belonging and actively mitigate barriers to growth opportunities. As an effective and visible leader, they are setting the example for others to follow and making Tucson and Southern Arizona better every day. 

Eligibility requirements: 
• Locally owned and operated 
• For-profit business or 501 (c)(3) charitable non-profit operating in Southern Arizona 
• More than two years in operation 
• 200 or fewer full-time employees 

 

2021 EVENT PAGE
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Member Orientation

Please join us for a member orientation especially created to acquaint you with membership benefits, services and programs that help your business grow.

Connect with fellow members and Chamber leadership, learn about the Chamber's program of work and how the Chamber team works on your behalf while you run your business.

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Issues Over Easy

A new and exciting look at the issues directly affecting your business and our community!
Join the Tucson Metro Chamber for a breakfast to discuss public policy issues that affect your business and our community. The format is informal and easy to understand. Issues Over Easy is a quarterly breakfast to help you connect with the Chamber’s Government Affairs program and keep you up to speed on current events affecting your business and our community!

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Interface

The Tucson Metro Chamber is pleased to present a series of discussions with local community leaders called Interface. Interface provides business owners and executives with opportunities to speak directly to these high level public officials about public policy and doing business in Southern Arizona. Learn the latest about policy decisions and other activities in Southern Arizona communities. Your questions and concerns are welcome. We encourage openness, transparency and robust discussion.

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Coffee with Council

Coffee with Council is designed to bring businesses and their local, elected City of Tucson representative together for constructive dialogue regarding local business and community issues.

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State of the State

The Tucson Metro Chamber will host Governor Doug Ducey at the annual State of the State luncheon to deliver the State of his State address detailing the issues affecting not only Southern Arizona, but the entire state of Arizona. This is a highly attended and visible event that addresses many important issues.

2020 EVENT PAGE
http://business.tucsonchamber.org/events/details/2020-state-of-the-city-luncheon-14472

State of the City

The Tucson Metro Chamber will host the annual State of the City luncheon where Mayor Romero will deliver her “State of the City” address. This highly attended event provides a platform for Mayor Romero to outline her goals, planned policies and objectives for the City of Tucson in the coming year.

2020 EVENT PAGE
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Tucson Metro Chamber Business Expo

The Tucson Metro Chamber Business Expo is held in conjunction with the State of the City address. Showcase your products and services, make key business connections and open the doors of new opportunities at the Expo.
EXPO IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 9:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

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Soup with the Supes

Soup with the Supes is an opportunity for business owners and executives to meet with the Pima County Board of Supervisors for constructive dialogue regarding local business and community issues. Bring your own soup i.e. lunch.

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Holiday Reception

Our annual Holiday Reception brings business, government and civic leaders together to connect and celebrate the holiday season. With live music in a festive atmosphere, this unstructured reception allows you to mix and mingle with public officials and fellow leaders as we celebrate the progress made over the past year.

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Speed Networking 

A new opportunity for Chamber members to accelerate their business contacts. Make 16 contacts in 60 minutes in an orchestrated rapid-fire format.